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Sony Xperia SL spotted in Indonesia, what’s in store for the upgraded flagship model?

July 3, 2012
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As Sony’s latest flagship model, the specs of the Xperia S haven’t exactly sent the competition scrambling. It’s a solid phone, make no mistake, but Sony’s decision to use a Snapdragon S3 processor and the snubbing of Android 4.0 ICS didn’t really sit well with critics and customers alike. Now, reports are coming in that there’s a true successor to the Sony Xperia S, and the new device is about to make an entrance.

Dubbed the Sony Xperia SL, this mysterious Xperia phone was first spotted on the website of Indonesia’s FCC-like regulatory body. The model, which was only submitted on June 28, is known as the Sony Xperia SL LT26ii. As a refresher, the original Xperia S is known as the LT26i model.

It’s still unclear what improvements we will see on the Sony Xperia SL. Perhaps Sony is trying to address some of the criticisms that were raised of the Xperia S by using a newer processor in the Xperia SL. We can also expect to see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

Since Sony is already lining up the upcoming Xperia GX to compete with 4.6-inch+ devices in the market, it’s unlikely that the successor to the Xperia S will gain a few inches of screen real estate. What’s more possible is for the SL to come with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor a la the GX model. As for the exterior, we can either see the phone losing or gaining in thickness. The latter, of course, will involve the SL getting a higher battery capacity.

Speculation is fun and all, but it won’t be long before we get more concrete information on the Sony Xperia SL. We’ll keep you posted.